Porch Babies

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172024

Our house faces west, which means when we get up in the morning our back deck is getting the full sunlight. That’s nice in the wintertime, but right now it makes it dreadfully hot in our office, which is just off the deck. We have a  Black + Decker portable air conditioner that we have been turning off at night to save electricity, but for the last few days it’s been 88°to 90° when we go in there and turn the AC on to start our day. Even after running for 12 hours, it only cools the room down to 76°. I think we need to start leaving it on at night, too.

Because the back deck is so hot in the mornings right now, when I take Alli out for her morning potty and a little bit of ball playing, we go out on the covered front porch. Even sitting in the shade out there is hot and close to miserable, but we get by.

I noticed the other day that we have babies in a nest on the porch. I’m not sure what they are, because I’m not really a bird person. The adults are fairly small, look like they are gray or black, and fly really fast. At first glance I thought they were bats because of the way they darted about flying over the yard.

I think there are three or four babies in the nest, but this is the only picture I could get because mama was getting agitated when I tried to take pictures. As long as I stayed away, sitting in a chair on the porch, she would fly in and feed them and quickly take off again in search of something else for them. But when I walked up below the nest to take pictures, she clearly did not like that, so I moved away to let her do her thing and take care of her porch babies.

Besides not being a bird person, I’m also not a flower person. We have several of these plants growing next to the garage, and we didn’t get any flowers on them last year. This year one of them does, and I think they are gladiolas. I’m glad I didn’t think they were weeds and cut them down when we were mowing.

Before I let you go for the day, I wanted to tell you that my friend Ben Rehder, author of the excellent Blanco County mystery series, is currently offering #8 in the series, Stag Party, free now through Tuesday on Amazon. I’ve never been to Blanco County, except in the pages of Ben’s books, but I’m pretty sure game warden John Marlin and good old boys Red O’Brien and Billy Don Craddock would feel right at home in Big Lake. Check it out and get yourself a free copy while you can.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – You can only be young once. But you can be immature forever.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Porch Babies”

  1. Shade trees for the back deck, the leaves will be gone in the winter for the warm sunshine and shaded in the warm weather.

  2. I think your flowers are irises. My wife, Judy, planted the bulbs eight years ago next to our rear porch which faces east and gets a lot of sun in the morning and this time of year gets a lot of heat, too. We live in Killen, Alabama. And it’s hot here too.

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